Kern River Fly Fishing Report May 2, 2018

Upper Kern Down to 1100 cfs with Colder Weather

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop) The upper Kern is fl;owing at 1100/1200 CFS Water temperature is 55 to 60 degrees.For those of you targeting hatchery fish, the DFW stocked 3 to 6 pound rainbows in the upper Kern twenty mile section this week. Should be a fun time for kids and their families this spring. Fish are hitting streamers casting down stream and across and then stripping them back. They are also hitting BH Flashback Peasant Tail Nymphs size 18/20 Look for Yellow Sallies to be hatching around 2pm

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Lake Isabella

There are some SERIOUS numbers of Trout in the lake! The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce stocked around 10,000 pounds of Trout . Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked another 5,000 pounds  AND….5000lbs of Nebraska Tailwalkers ranging from 5-15 lbs are officially IN THE LAKE…!!!! Those that aren’t caught go up the river!

Fly Fishing for Crappie in the lake at this time is very good. I believe a world record Crappie on the fly will come out of the lake this year. All we have to beat is 14 inches and Ive seen many over that over the years. Tony Click has a 17 inch Crappie mounted in his office from the lake.

Carp fly fishing is again top notch right now for those of you who love to fly fish for Carp. Dont forget about the Fly Fishing Carp Fest May 19 and registering at the website below.

Register here. https://ssffclub.org/

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is fishing good. Water temperatures down here are 60 degrees and bass are getting active. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is fishing better now.

Lower Kern Flow Charts


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Clinics

Beginner Clinic #1 Sunday May 20, 2018/ 8am/ Kernville  Register Here
Learn how to fly fish for “Carp Clinic”  Saturday May 5, 2018 / 8am/ Kern River Fly Shop Register Here
The next “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic” Saturday May 12, 2018 Ventura CA

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In the video below Guy Jeans talks about surf structure and where to find fish in the surf.

 

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June 21- 23 2018 Sold Out!

June 25- 27 2018 Sold Out!

July 23- 25 2018 2 spots left

July 27- 29 2018 2 spots left

August 21- 23 2018 3 spots left

August 24- 26 2018 6 spots left

September 5-7 2018 2 spots left

September 9 – 11 2018 4 spots left

Kern River Fly Fishing Report April 17, 2018

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June 21- 23 2018 Sold Out!

June 25- 27 2018 Sold Out!

July 23- 25 2018 2 spots left

July 27- 29 2018 2 spots left

August 21- 23 2018 6 spots left

August 24- 26 2018 6 spots left

September 5-7 2018 3 spots left

September 9 – 11 2018 4 spots left

Upper Kern comes down to fishable levels – Lake Isabella Bass/ Crappie Rockin and Lower Kern Bass come alive!

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop) The upper Kern is 1100/1200 CFS For those of you targeting hatchery fish, the DFW will be stocking many trout in the upper Kern and tributaries in the next few weeks. Many of those fish are trophy fish. Should be a fun time for kids and their families this spring. Fish are hitting streamers casting down stream and across  and then stripping back. They are also hitting Pheasant Tail Nymphs size 18/20 Look for March Browns to be hatching around 2pm as well as Pteronarcys californicas around 5pm

Lake Isabella

 

 

There are some SERIOUS numbers of Trout in the lake! The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce stocked around 10,000 pounds of Trout on Monday. Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked another 5,000 pounds Monday. AND….5000lbs of Nebraska Tailwalkers ranging from 5-15 lbs are officially IN THE LAKE…!!!! Those that aren’t caught go up the river!

Fly Fishing for Crappie in the lake at this time is very good. I believe a world record Crappie on the fly will come out of the lake this year. All we have to beat is 14 inches and Ive seen many over that over the years. Tony Click has a 17 inch Crappie mounted in his office from the lake.

Joseph with his first ever fish on a fly.

Carp fly fishing is again top notch right now for those of you who love to fly fish for Carp. Jon and Celine below are having a good time right now. Jon caught his on a Tenkara rod. Dont forget about the Fly Fishing Carp Fest May 19 and registering at the website below.

Register here. https://ssffclub.org/

Learn how to fly fish for “Carp Clinic” with Guy Jeans

Saturday May 5, 2018 / 8am/ Kern River Fly Shop

Register Here https://kernriverflyshop.com/products/carp-clinic


Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is fishing good. Water temperatures down here are 58 degrees and bass are getting active. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is fishing better now. The lower Kern has been fishing ok for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale but should get good as soon as it gets warm. Cfs is 400

Lower Kern Flow Charts


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Clinics

The next “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic” Saturday May 12, 2018 Ventura

Click here to register for the clinic $75.00

In the video below Guy Jeans talks about surf structure and where to find fish in the surf.

Kern River Fly Fishing Report April 10 , 2018

Upper Kern Blows Out Again at 6000 CFS , Lake Isabella Crappie Bite Hot!!! Lower Kern OK

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop) The upper Kern is blown out at this time 2500 cfs, but you should be able to fish it in a couple days or by this weekend. For those of you targeting hatchery fish, the DFW will be stocking many trout in the upper Kern and tributaries in the next few weeks. Many of those fish are trophy fish. Should be a fun time for kids and their families this spring. Before the blowout we had some great days fishing the March Brown Mayfly hatch.  Fish were rising very consistently in the afternoons.

Here is a video of Devin right before the storm hit on April 3, 2018.

Lake Isabella

There are some SERIOUS numbers of Trout in the lake! The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce stocked around 10,000 pounds of Trout on Monday. Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked another 5,000 pounds Monday. AND….5000lbs of Nebraska Tailwalkers ranging from 5-15 lbs are officially IN THE LAKE…!!!! Those that aren’t caught go up the river!

Fly Fishing for Crappie in the lake at this time is very good. I believe a world record Crappie on the fly will come out of the lake this year. All we have to beat is 14 inches and Ive seen many over that over the years. Tony Click has a 17 inch Crappie mounted in his office from the lake.

Carp fly fishing is again top notch right now for those of you who love to fly fish for Carp. Jon and Celine below are having a good time right now. Jon caught his on a Tenkara rod. Dont forget about the Fly Fishing Carp Fest May 19 and registering at the website below.

Register here. https://ssffclub.org/

Learn how to fly fish for “Carp Clinic” with Guy Jeans

Saturday May 5, 2018 / 8am/ Kern River Fly Shop

Register Here https://kernriverflyshop.com/products/carp-clinic

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is fishing good. Water temperatures down here are 58 degrees and bass are getting active. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is fishing better now. The lower Kern has been fishing ok for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale but should get good as soon as it gets warm.

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Clinics

Beginner Freshwater Clinic #1 – Saturday April 24, 2018

Morning Class has 2 spots left!

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The next “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic” Ventura

Saturday May 12, 2018 Ventura

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In the video below Guy Jeans talks about surf structure and where to find fish in the surf.

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report March 23, 2018

Upper Kern Blows Out at 4000 CFS, Lower Kern Remains Hot and Lake Isabella Rockin!

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop) The upper Kern is blown out at this time, but you should be able to fish it in a couple days as it is dropping fast.

Here is a video of Elli Jeans right before the storm hit on March 20, 2018.

Lake Isabella Report below is Courtesy of Matt Freeman from Freeman’s Lakeside Realty

There are some SERIOUS numbers of Trout in the lake! The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce stocked around 10,000 Trout on Monday. Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked another 5,000 Monday. AND….5000lbs of Nebraska Tailwalkers ranging from 5-15 lbs are officially IN THE LAKE…!!!! Those that aren’t caught go up the river!

Let the games begin! The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is gonna ROCK!

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 47-48 degrees. The lower kern from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is fishing better now. The lower Kern has been fishing ok for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale but should get good as soon as it gets warm.

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Clinics

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday March 24, 2018 Morning Class is sold out!

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday March 24, 2018 1pm to 5pm

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Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic – Sunday March 25, 2018 / 8am to 4pm Sold Out

 

The next “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic” Ventura

Saturday March 31, 2018 Ventura

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report March 14, 2018

Upper Kern Comes Alive and Lower Kern Remains Excellent!

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. The river came up to 750 cfs and is now on its way back down from the recent rains . Fishing on the upper Kern has turned on with the water temps at 46 degrees. Wild fish continue to produce in the 20 mile section. The Fish and Wild Life stocked 850 pounds of hatchery fish along the upper Kern in section #6 #5, #4, today for those of you chasing hatchery fish. Trophy fish were also stocked!

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 47-48 degrees.  The lower kern from Democrat Dam to downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale but should pick up as soon as it gets warm.

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Clinics

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday March 24, 2018 Morning Class is sold out!

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday March 24, 2018 1pm to 5pm

Click here to register for the Clinic #1 only! $75.00

Click here for Clinic #1  Fly Rod Combo =$220.00 + Free Clinic

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic – Sunday March 25, 2018 / 8am to 4pm

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The next “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic” Ventura

Saturday March 31, 2018 Ventura

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report February 27, 2018

Upper Kern Cold Fishing Best Mid Day, Lower Kern the Place To Be!

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. The river is down to 270 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is ok at this time from the Powerhouse down to the lake, and a few local anglers are doing well on wild fish above this area. Water temps dropped to 34-36 degrees and this means that trout get lethargic and harder to catch. The Fish and Wild Life stocked hatchery fish in section #5, #4, and #3 last week for Whiskey Flats days and will continue the following week for those of you chasing hatchery fish.

 

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the upper. The DFW stocked the lower river last week and this week and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower kern from Democrat Dam to downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.


Lake Isabella

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South Fork Kern River

 

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Clinics

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday March 24, 2018

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Click here for Clinic #1  Fly Rod Combo =$220.00 + Free Clinic

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic – Sunday March 25, 2018

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Beginner Clinic #1 Students Saturday February 24. 2018
8 year old Addison is going to be someone to watch in the future fly fishing world!

The next “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinics”  Morro Bay and Ventura

Saturday March 17, 2018 Morro Bay

Saturday March 31, 2018 Ventura

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We will be at the Fred Hall Shows in Bakersfield March 2-4, 2018

and Long Beach March 7- 11, 2018 Come see us for some special deals on rods!

Kern River Fly Fishing Report February 20, 2018

Where do you want to fish in the Southern Sierra? Water temps drop on the upper Kern, while Lower Kern remains steady.

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. The river is down to 250 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is ok at this time from the Powerhouse down to the lake, and a few local anglers are doing well on wild fish above this area. Water temps dropped to 34-36 degrees and this means that trout get lethargic and harder to catch. The Fish and Wild Life stocked hatchery fish in section #5, #4, and #3 last week for Whiskey Flats days and will continue the following week for those of you chasing hatchery fish.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the upper. The DFW stocked the lower river last week and this week and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower kern from Democrat Dam to downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

Lower Kern Rainbow caught by Rick Diffine

Lake Isabella

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South Fork Kern River

 

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Clinics

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday February 24, 2018 Sold Out

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday March 24, 2018

Click here to register for the Clinic #1 only! $75.00

Click here for Clinic #1  Fly Rod Combo =$220.00 + Free Clinic

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic – Sunday February 25, 2018 Sold Out

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic – Sunday March 25, 2018

Click here for the full day Intermediate Clinic $225.00

The next “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic”  Ventura

Saturday March 31, 2018

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We will be at the Fred Hall Shows in Bakersfield March 2-4, 2018

and Long Beach March 7- 11, 2018 Come see us for some special deals on rods!

Kern River Fly Fishing Report February 13, 2018

Dry Flies, Skwalas and a few fish in the Southern Sierra with continued warm weather and no snow.

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. The river is down to 350 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is ok at this time, but a few fish are getting active and a few fly anglers have caught them.  A Skwala Stonefly hatch got fish looking up on the upper this last weekend. The Fish and Wild Life is stocking hatchery fish in section #2 #3 this week and will continue the following week for those of you chasing hatchery fish.


Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer. The DFW stocked the lower river last week and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower kern from Democrat Dam to downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

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Clinics

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday February 24, 2018

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday March 24, 2018

Click here to register for the Clinic #1 only! $75.00

Click here for Clinic #1  Fly Rod Combo =$220.00 + Free Clinic

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic – Sunday February 25, 2018

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic – Sunday March 25, 2018

Click here for the full day Intermediate Clinic $225.00

 


The next “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic”  Ventura

Saturday March 31, 2018

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Fun Times at the “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic” in Pismo CA

Kern River Fly fishing Report 2-6-18

 

Southern Sierra fly fishing turns on with the warmer air and water temperature in the Kern Valley

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. Water temperatures came up the last few days to 52 degrees in the morning and warming up to 55 degrees in the afternoon. The river is down to 350 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is ok at this time, but a few fish are getting active and a few fly anglers have caught them. See below! A Skwala Stonefly hatch has started on the upper Kern as well as a few BWO’s. The Fish and Wild Life did stock hatchery fish in section #2 #3 this last week and will continue this week and the following week for those of you chasing hatchery fish.

Jon hart from the Southern Sierra Fly fishers Club hooked up on the upper Kern Sunday. photos by Sergio M.

 

 

 

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer. The DFW stocked the lower river recently and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower kern from Democrat Dam to stream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

Democrat Take out!

A Lower Kern Trout caught this last weekend.

 

Celine B with a fly caught Lake Isabella pig yesterday!

Put this on your calendars!

 

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Fly Fishing the Surf Clinics

Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf in Pismo – Sunday February 11, 2018 / 8am to 11am

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report January 30, 2018

 

The upper Kern River is fishing better with the warm weather while the Lower Kern River remains good!

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. Water temperatures came up the last few days to 42 degrees in the morning and warming up to 45 degrees in the afternoon. The river is down to 350 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is slow at this time, but a few fish are getting active and a few fly anglers have caught them. A Skwala Stonefly hatch has started on the upper Kern as well as a few BWO’s. The Fish and Wild Life did stock hatchery fish in section #3 4 weeks ago for those anglers targeting stocked fish.

https://youtu.be/3-fP54VuCWE

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer. The DFW stocked the lower river recently and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

Below are some BWO’s from a stomach pump on the lower Kern

 

 

Lower Kern DVD- Back in Stock

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Lake Isabella – Ok for Trout, fishing slow for bass and carp


4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge is open year round- Fishing has been poor in this section. On November 15, the wild trout section became catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long.


South Fork of the Kern is closed until the last Saturday in April
All tributaries in Tulare County are closed until the last Saturday in April.


Upcoming Clinics


Fly Fishing the Surf Clinics

Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic in Ventura Saturday February 3, 2018 / 8am to 11am

Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf in Pismo – Sunday February 11, 2018 / 8am to 11am

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